Chicago Hotels With Spectacular Lake Views

by Tricia Chaves
Chicago's waterfront properties offer picturesqe Lake Michigan views.

Chicago's waterfront properties offer picturesqe Lake Michigan views.

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Besides the abundant dining, shopping and entertainment, tourists and residents alike flock to Chicago for its free beaches and public park system spanning 26 miles of lakefront. Lodging options from budget-friendly to luxury give you an opportunity to savor a birds-eye view of one of the Windy City’s top attractions — Lake Michigan.

The Drake Hotel

The Drake Bros’ steakhouse and many of the 535 guest rooms and 74 suites at the Drake Hotel offer sweeping views of Lake Michigan. The historic hotel located on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile opened in 1920 on Michigan Avenue. Guest quarters are outfitted with Serta Serenity beds dressed in European bedding and custom bath products from Crabtree & Evelyn. The pet-friendly property welcomes your four-legged travel companions up to 75 lbs. for a $75 fee.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Many of the 346 French-style guest rooms and suites at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago feature a window seat overlooking the city skyline or Lake Michigan. Marble bathrooms are stocked with terrycloth bathrobes to use during your stay. Dine at one of the hotel’s four restaurants and lounges. If you’re traveling with kids, take advantage of the indoor pool, free Radio Flyer wagons to get around town and the bedtime butler who delivers cookies and storybooks. Other amenities include a fitness center and spa.


The 42nd floor pool and a number of the 40 suites and 661 guest rooms at the AAA four-diamond-rated Swissotel Chicago have picturesque views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The highlight of the four on-site eateries is The Palm steakhouse chain. A comprehensive business center and UPS Store cater to traveling executives. Young travelers will appreciate the hotel’s specially designed kid’s suites, special check-in area and welcome gifts. The property is centrally located just steps from Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile.

W Chicago-Lakeshore

Many of the 520 rooms and suites and the Mediterranean-style Wave restaurant inside the the AAA four-diamond-rated W Chicago-Lakeshore overlook Lake Michigan. For an additional $25 nightly and a one-time $100 deposit, your pet of up to 40 lbs. can join you and will receive toys, a pet bed and turndown treat. Get a workout in the Sweat fitness center, then relax at the Bliss spa or indoor heated pool. Ontario Beach and the John Hancock Observatory are among the attractions located within walking distance of the W.

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